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southwestern-casserole

Southwestern Casserole

Ingredients
2 cups (8 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in next eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain macaroni; stir into beef mixture.

Preheat oven to 375°. Transfer macaroni mixture to two greased 2-qt. baking dishes. Top with cheese and jalapenos. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until bubbly and heated through, about 10 minutes longer. Serve one casserole. Cool the second; cover and freeze up to 3 months.

To use frozen casserole: Thaw in refrigerator 8 hours. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°, 20-25 minutes. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Southwestern Casserole

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stir-fry-rice-bowl

Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium carrots, julienned
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1/2 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
4 large eggs
3 cups hot cooked brown rice
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions
In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, zucchini and mushrooms; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Add bean sprouts, spinach, water, soy sauce and chili sauce; cook and stir just until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Place 2-3 in. of water in a large skillet with high sides. Bring to a boil; adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a small bowl; holding bowl close to surface of water, slip egg into water.

Cook, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, lift eggs out of water.

Serve rice in bowls; top with vegetables. Drizzle with sesame oil. Top each serving with a poached egg. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

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basil-tomato-soup-with-orzo

Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions
In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain. Add orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle servings with cheese. Yield: 16 servings (4-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

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sweet-sour-pork-wraps

Sweet & Sour Pork Wraps

Ingredients
1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sweet-and-sour sauce
1/4 cup sherry or chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
3 garlic cloves, minced
16 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
4 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Directions
Place roast and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk water, sweet-and-sour sauce, sherry, soy sauce, soup mix, ginger and garlic until blended; pour over pork. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

When cool enough to handle, shred pork with two forks. To serve, spoon about 1/3 cup pork mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup cabbage; sprinkle with cilantro. Fold bottom of tortilla over filling; fold both sides to close. Yield: 8 servings (2 wraps each).

Recipe found here: Sweet & Sour Pork Wraps

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chicken-with-wine-sauce

Chicken with Wine Sauce

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
2/3 cup plum wine

Directions
Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. In another shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat with flour mixture.

In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, saute mushrooms until tender. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken with Wine Sauce

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chicken-marsala-with-gorgonzola

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup marsala wine
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove and keep warm.

In same skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by a third. Stir in cream and remaining salt. Return to a boil; cook until slightly thickened.

Return chicken to pan; add 1/3 cup cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; garnish with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

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smoked-salmon-bagel-sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Ingredients
2 tablespoons prepared pesto
2 whole wheat bagels, split and toasted
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 to 5 ounces smoked salmon or lox
2 slices tomato
2 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

Directions
Spread pesto over bagel bottoms; sprinkle with pepper. Layer with salmon, tomato and lettuce leaves. Replace tops. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

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